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Churchill Downs

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700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1200
+1 502-636-4400
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What a Venue..Glamour, Glory and Beautiful clubhouse

I was a guest at the Turf Club, the food was fantastic, the waiters and waitresses were awesome... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
sunman01
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New York City, New York
dinner and racing

Excellent evening wearing large hats and enjoying the opening of the season. The museum, food, and... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Lila H
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Willis, Texas
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This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“kentucky derby” (414 reviews)
“box seats” (59 reviews)
“millionaires row” (110 reviews)
LOCATION
700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1200
South Side
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+1 502-636-4400
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

I was a guest at the Turf Club, the food was fantastic, the waiters and waitresses were awesome. The Cooks were mingling with the guest. The betting windows did not have long lines. A must on everyones bucket list

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Reviewed 7 May 2017

Excellent evening wearing large hats and enjoying the opening of the season. The museum, food, and views were wonderful. I was there for a charity event and I felt like I received more than I gave.

Thank Lila H
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

We visited the week of Derby, and took the tour that took us to the back stables. Saw a number of Derby horses working out on the track. Visit early to see the horses working out. They are beautiful animals. The tour guide was extremely...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2017

First of all, my wife and I are not big horse racing fans. That being said, we had a truly great time touring Churchill Downs. It was included with the Kentucky Derby Museum admission. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and also from my wife's...More

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Churchill Downs is amazing! The staff is friendly and fun, the grounds beautiful even on a rainy day and the history deep! What an experience to witness the Derby, drink a Mint Julip or Lilly, and soak up the most incredible 2 minutes in sports!...More

Thank reale2016
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

A place to create memories with family. The excitement of shopping prior for our hats and entire. Walk the red carpet. Save up for seats and make it an opportunity of a life time rain or shine. So much going on the entire day....loved it...More

Thank IllinoisKate1
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Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Very comprehensive with a brilliant video as a highlight. We went Derby week so the tour was very busy but I recommend strongly

Thank DirtiSanche3
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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Had the chance to attend Derby weekend and eve though the weather was rainy and cold it did not ruin the experience. It is more beautiful than seen on tv and so much history. Great food and drinks also. Horses were beautiful.

Thank Staci M
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Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

This may sound obvious but you REALLY need to like horse statistics for this one! Liking horses isn't enough. The tour guide did his thing but I found the most interesting thing was the prepping and planting up of flower beds in advance of the...More

Thank Talamhgirl
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

We enjoyed the walking tour of the racetrack and museum. You can buy tour tickets and spend time in the museum until the tour starts. There are other additional tours that take you to the stables.

Thank Lois908
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Amber D
20 April 2018|
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Response from traveldivaaficionado | Reviewed this property |
Typically, if you have purchased dining tickets they include seating in one of the specific locations for racing as well. You can’t just walk in without a ticket just to dine. Anytime I have attended an event that served... More
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Joe K
6 April 2018|
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Response from Jamieky2 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - have been there a couple of times and really enjoyed myself! The crowd tends to be a bit more upscale and refined which I appreciated. Lots of places to get food and libations! Overall a fun time. Oh yeah, there... More
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